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Membership History

Full Member
Joined 1997

Membership History

Full Member
Joined 1997

Company Overview

Snap-on Tools is a division of Snap-on Tools Incorporated, which is a $2.9 billion global company. Founded in 1920 with a simple idea that “five would do the work of fifty”, Snap-on expanded to the UK in 1965.

Today Snap-on is a global innovator, manufacturer and distributor of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for the professional technician. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostic software, information and management systems and workshop equipment.

Franchise Overview

Snap-on Tools has over 4,500 franchisees worldwide with over 400 operating within the UK and Ireland. Our territories are geographically drawn giving each franchisee around 220 potential buying customers who are identified and routed into a weekly round before a franchisee starts. This means our franchisees don’t have to cold call.

The Snap-on franchise is a simple model which enables ordinary people to take charge of their own destiny and then through their own efforts go on to be successful and fulfil their dreams.

Training

Snap-on franchisees are assigned a dedicated franchise developer for their first six months in business. After ten days classroom training at our dedicated training school in Dallas, the Franchise Developer will initially spend 17 days in the first four weeks on your mobile store putting the theory into practice. They will then work with you to build and establish your business until such time a Sales Developer and Business Manager take over, focusing on long-term business growth and profitability.

Daily Life of a franchisee

A typical day starts at 8am and you will see around 40-50 customers a day; the number of stops will depend on the types of calls you have that day. You will drive your custom-built mobile store to your customers, on the same day, at the same time each week and service their tool requirements. Typically the last call would be at 6pm when the franchisee would go home and finalise the day’s paperwork.

“I’m proof that you don’t need experience to be a Snap-on man!” 

Adam Trowler, 31, is everything you’d expect from a Snap-on man – hard-working, approachable and customer-centric. Since launching his franchise in Bootle, Liverpool, in October 2018, he’s utilised his skill-set to establish a profitable and scalable business. Less than two years in to his Snap-on journey, the young franchisee is ready for significant growth – and has big plans for his personal life, too. He’s proof that you don’t need automotive experience to be a success with Snap-on.   

“In the 18 months that I’ve been running my Snap-on franchise, I’ve achieved more than I could have ever imagined when I was working as an HGV driver. If I’m honest, it’s transformed my life. I sometimes joke that I could be the ‘poster boy of franchising’ but, when you consider what I’ve achieved, then that starts to sound less cheesy. I’ve never owned a business and never worked in a sales environment but, here I am, as one of the rising stars of Snap-on.” 

Before Adam joined forces with Snap-on - and even before his seven-year stint as a HGV driver - he trained as a joiner. That was when the entrepreneurial spirit in him first developed, as the young school-leaver dreamt of following in his dad’s footsteps. 

“My dad owns a HGV workshop and I’d always admired his work ethic and success as a business owner. I grew up thinking self-employment was the way to go and always wanted to make my parents proud. I left school without many GCSEs, but my parents brought me up to believe you can achieve 99.9% of your dreams by simply working hard and putting in the hours. So, after leaving school, I trained as a joiner and started working for myself. I wrongly assumed that would offer a long-term career with great earning potential but that wasn’t meant to be. 

“I got a job doing the HGV driving as a stop-gap until I found what I was looking for. And when I say stop-gap, I really mean that - it was the same mundane thing every day. It didn’t matter how hard I worked; the results were the same. I wanted to do something where the harder I worked the more there was to be gained. I never lost sight of the advice my parents gave me – work hard and reap the rewards. I needed to find an opportunity that would shatter that glass ceiling, once and for all. As luck would have it, it was around that time that the local Snap-on territory came up for sale.” 

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists.

“The Snap-on man in my area came for his weekly visit to the HGV workshop and explained that the territory was available to buy. You can bet I was straight on the phone to the franchise team! I’d grown up knowing of Snap-on, as my dad has always said they’re the best tools in the business, so I knew the products were in demand. The way I saw it, investing in a franchise of my own would offer the earning potential I craved and an environment where hard work is celebrated.

“During my initial meeting with the franchise team, I brought a secret weapon along with me – a notepad filled with questions! Snap-on were impressed with the initiative I demonstrated and, if I’m honest, I don’t think they were expecting it. Investing in a franchise is a two-way street – I wanted to ask them as many questions as they wanted to ask me. It’s a partnership and the best partnerships are built on transparency. This spoke volumes to the franchise team, who quickly welcomed me into the network. But before I was let loose on the road, so to speak, I travelled to the US for my training.” 

Training starts with ten days of classroom-style training in the US. Afterwards, franchisees visit Snap-on’s UK head office in Kettering to meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store! Once out on the road, one-to-one training continues with a dedicated Franchise Developer who rides with franchisees for their first five weeks. As part of a six-month intensive onboarding process, new franchisees receive a further 31 days of on-van support from a Sales Developer and Business Manager over the following five months. That’s 51 contact days in the first six months!

Once out on the road, Adam soon found his feet with his regular route of customers and the back-of-house admin. 

“It didn’t take long for me to feel that sense of career satisfaction I’d been missing for over ten years. I was having a great time bonding with my customers and enjoyed making the most of the additional income with my wife, Caroline. A real sign of how quickly the franchise took off was the fact that I paid off my initial start-up loan in less than a year - six years before the final payment date! The support you get in terms of managing your finances is second to none and, as I’d never owned my own business before, that was invaluable. They even help you fund the franchise - what more could you ask for?”

Snap-on are one of the only franchisors in the UK able to help their franchisees to fund the purchase of the business. They do this through their in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. This fully regulated, government approved finance house eliminates the need for the High Street banks. And, after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

As a fully-fledged entrepreneur, Adam is revelling in the professional and personal milestones he’s achieved, with Caroline by his side. 

“In 2019, I went on three holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I work extremely hard to afford the time away from my business, but that’s because I’m constantly motivating myself to be better, strive for more and make every second count. Caroline and I are also about to invest in a property portfolio of our own, which is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Thanks to my earnings as a franchisee, I’m living out what I once thought was a pipe-dream. I even have the disposable income to invest in my obsession with cars, having treated myself to more than a few of late - Caroline is forever telling me ‘enough now.’ Although that’s more for a lack of space, as opposed to a lack of disposable income! 

“And to top it all off, I was awarded the Snap-on regional ‘Rookie of the Year’ for my achievements during my first year on the road. I’ve developed this thriving business in such a short amount of time that my feet have hardly touched the ground. Now, I’m looking to employ an assistant to support in the operations of the franchise. Once they’re established, I’ll be looking to becoming a multi-unit franchisee. I still can’t quite believe that I’ve achieved all this, less than two years in. Not bad for a guy with no real automotive experience!”

Never a dull moment!

Alun Jones, 39, wanted to do one of two things when he ‘grew up’ – work in Motorsport or be Snap-on man. Unlike many who are quick to disregard their childhood dreams, he’s managed to achieve both! His varied career has indeed involved a stint working for Motorsport teams across Europe. But it is his role as a Snap-on franchisee in West Wales that has brought him the career satisfaction he so desperately yearned for. And he’s got big plans in mind for the future.

“I want to invest in a bigger truck, so that I can offer my customers an even better product range and service. I’m already really busy but a new truck will definitely up my game. Twelve months from now, I’m hoping I will have paid back the loan from Snap-on and look to really increase my earnings, for the benefit of my wife and two sons. One thing’s for sure, at the rate at which I’m going, that goal is very much achievable. I’m constantly on the go, but I like the hustle and bustle. There’s never a dull moment!” 

Having always had a passion for motor mechanics, Alun’s goal was to work for the best of the best. He spent a brief period working in a garage after leaving school aged 17 but decided to prioritise his education and reinvigorate his childhood dream for a successful and profitable career. 

“Education in the traditional sense was never really for me so I decided to leave school part way through sixth form and get a job. That was when my admiration for Snap-on intensified – as an apprentice, I was using the odd tool here and there and starting to save for my own collection. In hindsight, that was probably where my dream of being a Snap-on man came from. I enrolled on an HND in Motor Vehicle Engineering at Swansea University as I knew that would stand me in good stead if I wanted to go down the franchise route. I worked part-time to supplement my student loan and got a great job in the sales division of a motorcycle company. I’m a chatty, friendly guy with a passion for mechanics, so it suited me down to the ground.”

So much so that Alun went on to work for the firm full-time after graduation before embarking on a five-year career in truck driving. First as an employee and, later down the line, in a self-employed capacity. But the solitary lifestyle of long-haul driving began to take its toll.

“I found myself looking at Snap-on opportunities more and more, revisiting the goal that I seemed to have moved so far away from. You only get one life, so what’s the point in chasing dreams that aren’t yours? I’d initially looked into starting a franchise when I owned my truck business, but it just hadn’t been the right time. But I suddenly felt as though I didn’t want to waste a single second waiting for the perfect moment to start a franchise. At this point, I was a husband and dad, so financial stability and career satisfaction became a real consideration for me. I didn’t put it off any longer – I got straight in touch with Snap-on.”

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists. Alun’s breadth of experience spoke volumes to the Snap-on franchise team and in 2009 he was welcomed into the network. 

“It was a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment, finally being part of a brand that I had admired for so long. The role combined all of the skills I’d picked up since my school days – customer service, knowledge of the automotive industry and a strong work ethic. I’m really motivated to do well and earn a good and honest living, which drives me to always strive for the best. Most importantly, there’s nothing I enjoy more than the banter I have with my customers.” 

Alun’s sales figures and reputation for impeccable customer service soon caught the attention of Snap-on management and he was to be offered a role working as part of the nationwide diagnostic team. Despite the career experience the role offered, Alun missed the camaraderie of his regular routes and loyal customers. In late 2018, Alun returned to the franchise network, launching his franchise in Carmarthenshire and South Pembrokeshire. 

For the second time in ten years, Alun would find himself taking part in the new franchisee training programme. Training starts with ten days of classroom-style training in the US. Afterwards, franchisees visit Snap-on’s UK head office in Kettering to meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store! Once out on the road, one-to-one training continues with a dedicated Franchise Developer who rides with franchisees for their first five weeks. As part of a six-month intensive onboarding process, new franchisees receive a further 31 days of on-van support from a Sales Developer and Business Manager over the following five months. That’s 51 contact days in the first six months!

“I’ve worn many hats in my career but it’s the franchisee hat that I wear the best. I was also meant to be a Snap-on man. I’d really missed the banter I’d had with my customers when I launched my first franchise and the familiarity of the brand I’d grown up with, so I couldn’t wait to get back from training and out on the road. I’d managed to save a significant nest-egg, so when I came back, I was able to combine my savings and a loan from Snap-on to pay for the franchise.” 

Snap-on are one of the only franchisors in the UK able to help our franchisees to fund the purchase of the business. We do this through our in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. This fully regulated finance house eliminates the need for the High Street banks and after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

Alun was soon back to his familiar routine of customer calls, accounting and ordering stock to keep up with demand. Twelve months on, he admits that his days are long, but varied, and his passion for offering impeccable customer service is what gets him out of bed in the morning. 

“Snap-on is the best product going. It’s the Ferrari of the tool world so I’m proud to offer a service that reflects that. At the end of the day, I’m a down to earth guy and like to think I treat my customers like mates. I wash the van inside and out every week and with the help of my wife, we make sure I’m always ready to offer the service my customers deserve. 

“I make good money, that’s undeniable, but that’s as a result of the high standard I set for myself. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m money driven but I am adamant that my kids will want for nothing. My days are hectic, and I do find it hard to switch off, but you would too if you were as passionate about your career as I am! That’s what I’d always say to others looking to join Snap-on – you have to have passion for the brand and respect for the way things are done around here. I take a lot of satisfaction from knowing my customers are happy. If I couldn’t have a laugh with them, then I’d be in the wrong job. But it just so happens that I get to laugh everyday – that’s enough for me.”

Work hard, play harder with Snap-on!

There are no secret formulas or tricks of the trade which have amounted to Craig Bishop’s success. The 31-year-old earnt the title of Snap-on Tools UK ‘Newcomer of the Year’ for his commitment to his customers and his sheer determination to succeed. His approach to business is simple – to be the best, you’ve got to work hard. 

Craig launched his Snap-on franchise in North Dorset in 2017. Since then, he’s built his average sales up to over £10,000 per week. To keep up with the demand from his customers, he is now working towards bringing partner, Amy, in to support with the operations of the franchise. Not bad for someone less than two years in, with no prior business experience! 

“Business isn’t in my blood, but I haven’t let that hold me back. I’m incredibly competitive and believe that, if I work as hard as I can, I’ll be able to reap the benefits for years to come. I’m proud of my achievements but I’ll never rest on my laurels; I’m here to keep getting bigger and better. I want to make my family and Snap-on proud.”

Craig hadn’t always felt fulfilled by his career and, until launching his own Snap-on franchise, had no motor trade experience whatsoever. After leaving school, he became an apprentice and trained as an electrician, later qualifying as a marine electrician for the special forces. For the next five years, this role saw him travel the world. But then, he found his work was no longer rewarding him the way it once had. 

“In the end, my job wasn’t really challenging me, and I wanted more. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the travel aspect, and seeing the world continues to be a driving force of mine but getting the odd day off to go surfing – my real passion – wasn’t cutting it anymore. I’ve always wanted that next challenge, to push myself and to be in control of my destiny. 

“A friend of mine already had a Snap-on franchise and was doing really well for himself – I guess you could say I wanted a piece of the pie! I’ve always been a hard worker and felt like Snap-on was one of those opportunities when you get out what you put in. So, I bit the bullet and got in touch with the franchise recruitment team.” 

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists. 

After a thorough due diligence and recruitment process, Snap-on recognised Craig’s desire to succeed and worked with him to find a territory. Once the foundations of Craig’s business were set in place, it was time for franchisee training – the first step of his Snap-on journey. 

Training starts with ten days of classroom-style training in the US. Afterwards, franchisees visit Snap-on’s UK head office in Kettering to meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store! Once out on the road, one-to-one training continues with a dedicated Franchise Developer who rides with franchisees for their first four weeks. As part of a six-month intensive onboarding process, new franchisees receive a further 31 days of on-van support from a Sales Developer and Business Manager over the following five months. That’s 51 contact days in the first six months!

Back in Blighty and Craig was out on the road with a van full of stock and a packed schedule of client visits. Thanks to the comprehensive franchisee training, the determined entrepreneur never once felt overwhelmed by the demand and, within a few months, was enjoying a success he’d worked hard for. 

“I don’t look like what I’d say the typical Snap-on man looks like – for starters, I’m a surfer! Also, let’s not forget that I had no experience of the tool trade whatsoever. Snap-on teach you everything you need to know and are there to support you every step of the way, so I’ve never once felt out of my depth. That gave me the foundations to make the business a success and I take full advantage of the tools available to me. I’ve built great relationships with my regulars. I’m always thinking about my customers and putting them first, which is part and parcel of my success.”

Craig’s hard work continued to pay off. As well as being part of the elite group of franchisees averaging sales of over £10k a week, in 2018, he ranked 7th overall in the UK out of over 430 franchisees and won the award for best newcomer in the UK. News of Craig’s success quickly travelled around the Snap-on network and more established franchisees regularly asked the young businessman for support with their own sales tactics. 

“The guys in the network are so successful in their own right so having them approach me for advice is an indication of how far I’ve come. Winning Newcomer of the Year has been the highlight of my career and, now I’ve had a taste of success, I’m determined to keep going. My goal is to win Franchisee of the Year next year, for my region and the UK as a whole. I’m also going to be in the Top 40 franchisee club for the life of my franchise. I’ll do everything I can in my power to achieve it!”

It’s not all work, work, work for Craig. His desire to enjoy the finer things in life and achieve financial freedom drives him to work hard and play harder! Finding time at the weekends to partake in his past-time of surfing offers an opportunity to enjoy the, somewhat fleeting, British summer. 

“I’m driven to be the best and to provide a great lifestyle for my family, that includes the big house and the nice car – I’m not ashamed to say so. My plan is to bring Amy in and pay her a salary as my assistant. I’m proud that my franchise will become a family business and support us both. I want to be able to look back in a few years’ time and say, ‘that’s mine, I built that’. 

“I love spending time on the coast and water sports provide another opportunity for my competitive tendencies to come out! Working for the special forces, I played on the British Beach Volleyball Tour and got the award for the most improved player on the tour. It turned out that I couldn’t go to the awards ceremony because I was on Snap-on training in Dallas! Snap-on was the best possible reason to give it a miss and, as it turns out, the best decision I could have made for my career.” 

Looking for a welcome distraction in your career? Call Snap-on’s dedicated Recruitment Manger on 01536 413986 or visit www.snaponfranchise.co.uk to find out more about the franchise opportunity.

All the tools for success!

“For me, the best thing about being a Snap-on franchisee is being responsible for your own success. The feeling of pride I get from running my franchise tops anything I’ve felt before in my working life. Me and my family are reaping the rewards of close to ten years of hard work and dedication to my customers. I’m proof that you don’t need experience in mechanics or the tool trade to be successful with Snap-on!”

40-year-old Guy Baldwin-Brown, proud husband and father of two, launched his first Snap-on franchise in Ellesmere Port in 2009. A challenging career in the fire service and a once in a lifetime trip around the world saw him questioning the decisions he had made throughout his career in Public Services.

“Growing up, I wanted to be a PE teacher. I studied hard, got a place at Brighton University and landed a good job. It all worked out really well but 12 months in, I realised it just wasn’t for me. Still keen to help others, I retrained and worked as a firefighter for around eight and a half years,” 

Ultimately, Guy found the same problem in the Public Service sector as he had in his teaching role – a lot of red tape and limitations that he felt stood between him and his career prospects. Feeling the need to make a positive change in their lives, Guy and his wife took a year out to travel the world Their travels included South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Canada. It was during the last few weeks of the trip that Guy began weighing up his options and evaluating his priorities.

“Having spent a year living life by my own schedule, I couldn’t bear the thought of going back home and working for someone else. Whatever I went into, I was determined to be self-employed. But because I had no trade skills or vocational training, I had no clue what to do and living off an apprentice’s income did not appeal to me. 

“I had a mate who had been successful as a Snap-on franchisee so I gave him a call and picked his brains. He sold it to me in the simplest way possible – Snap-on offers an opportunity to be your own boss, meet new people, whilst selling the most well-known tools in the industry. You didn’t even need experience with the tools – Snap-on teach you all that. We hadn’t even got to the end of our conversation before I decided it was high time that I made a call to the Snap-on team!”

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees deliver gold-standard, premium products to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists. 

After months of research and an in-depth application process, Guy felt confident that investing savings to fund the purchase of his business would be not only sensible but profitable in the long-run. For anyone choosing to join the network today, Snap-on go above and beyond to help with start-up costs and offer a one-of-a-kind ‘help to buy’ scheme through their in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. This fully regulated finance house eliminates the need for the High-Street banks, offering business loans to successful candidates. And after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

“I knew I could make a success of my franchise and Snap-on made it clear that I would be given all of the tools – pardon the pun – I would need to succeed. They weren’t wrong. The training was great – especially for a complete tool novice like me! I went in there thinking that my lack of industry knowledge would be a real setback but Snap-on teach you everything you need to know. What I did have – and still have to this day! – is a real dedication to my customers and their experience of the Snap-on brand. The rest comes over time, but to be successful with Snap-on, you need to be a real people person. That’s a lot harder to pick up on the job!”

Almost ten years on from the initial launch of his Ellesmere Port franchise and Guy has enjoyed more than just a little success. In 2015, using his profits, Guy invested in a second territory and employed a team of assistants to help run his thriving business. In 2017, Guy was ranked as 12th out of 430 franchisees in the UK and Ireland – an accolade he is proud to celebrate with his peers!

“It’s great to finally feel valued and celebrated by the Snap-on network. I’m recognised more as a business owner than I ever was when I had been working for someone else! Had I been still working as a firefighter, I couldn’t have afforded the comfortable life I can give my wife and our two little girls. I work hard but, when it gets to a Friday night and the vans are locked away for the weekend, I can enjoy guilt-free family time. 

“I’ve enjoyed so much success over the years and have found something I love doing.  At the end of the day, that’s what Snap-on is all about – it’s about being dedicated to the network, your team and your customers and enjoying yourself! Working with Snap-on has given me the opportunity to be part of something bigger – a vast network of like-minded business owners and, if I had the choice to do this all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

Guy is proof that experience of the tool trade isn’t vital to be a success with Snap-on. If you’re looking for an opportunity to provide more for your family text FRANCHISE to 07786 201 770 or visit www.snaponfranchise.co.uk to find out more about the Snap-on franchise opportunity.

The future looks bright with Snap-on

31-year-old James Dainton made the life-changing decision to start his own franchise after suffering the loss of his mum to ovarian cancer in September 2018. Having spent most of his adult life working in catering, he turned his back on the late nights and hot kitchen, in favour of his dream career and a new start for his wife and young son. He launched his Snap-on franchise in Horwich in February 2019. 

“Losing my mum was a real wake-up call for me. She would have wanted me to pursue something that made me want to get out of bed in the morning – the truth is, I hadn’t had that feeling in a long time. I needed to make a real positive change in my life and do something I actually enjoy. Both my dad and my grandad had owned businesses of their own, so I think that entrepreneurial mindset must have rubbed off on me! Starting my own Snap-on franchise just felt like the right decision for me and my family and so far, it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.” 

Back in 2004, James left school and began a prestigious catering scholarship, having gone up against hundreds of other applicants to secure his place on the course. Despite his young age, he never once shied away from hard work and consistently progressed in a career that would span well over a decade. 

“I was offered a really good start in catering and even went on to work with one of the most renowned chefs in Lancashire. For the most part, I enjoyed the work – I’m a real workhorse and thrived in the chaotic atmosphere of a busy kitchen. I mainly worked in kitchens, starting as a junior and then working up to second chef and, eventually, head chef. I also ran a café for a little while, which taught me skills about operating a business that would prove useful when I came to launch the franchise. 

“Unfortunately, my mum became really ill and I had to give up my job running the café to help her and my dad around the house. My wife and I moved back in with them, to make life a bit easier for everyone. Caring for my family became my sole focus for a long time, until mum passed away last year. It made me realise that life is too short to do something you don’t enjoy – the late nights and hours spent in a hot kitchen had really lost their appeal. Instead of going back into catering, I made a call to Snap-on.”

Although a career in catering doesn’t tend to go hand-in-hand with a dream to own a franchise with the most recognised tool brand in the world, James had always been aware of the Snap-on brand and range of products. 

“One of my biggest passions in life is vintage motor cars, which I’ve worked on with my brother since we were kids. I’d grown up using Snap-on tools – in fact, they were pretty much the only tools I’d ever used. My brother went on to work as an engineer for Jaguar Land Rover and he’s always been adamant that they’re the best in the business.” 

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists.

Having first considered the opportunity 12 months before, James had plenty of time to consider how running a franchise would fit around his life as a husband and new dad: “Our little boy, Oliver, was only one when I first considered Snap-on. It wasn’t possible for me back then but now he was a little older and I no longer had my mum to care for, it just seemed like the right time. I met with the Snap-on team, who quickly got me out on the road with an existing franchisee, so I could see what life might be like as a Snap-on man. For me, it only reaffirmed what I already knew about the brand – as a franchisee, you have the opportunity to build a comfortable lifestyle for yourself and your family, by selling the best tools in the business and building relationships with technicians in the area. I was sold! Recognising my desire to do something better with my life, Snap-on welcomed me to the network and sent me on my way to franchisee training.” 

Training starts with ten days of classroom-style training in the US. Afterwards, franchisees visit Snap-on’s UK head office in Kettering to meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store! Once out on the road, one-to-one training continues with a dedicated Franchise Developer who rides with franchisees for their first four weeks. As part of a six-month intensive onboarding process, new franchisees receive a further 31 days of on-van support from a Sales Developer and Business Manager over the following five months. That’s 51 contact days in the first six months!

Having been out of work for a considerable amount of time before launching his franchise, James accepted the support of Snap-on Finance to fund part of his set-up costs. Snap-on are one of the only franchisors in the UK able to help our franchisees to fund the purchase of the business. They do this through their in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. Fully regulated and government approved, Snap-on Finance eliminates the need for the High Street banks and after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

“In all honesty, launching a franchise would have been a non-starter, had it not been for the financial support. The support team are great at helping you get a payment plan in place, so you can work out how to pay back the loan as quickly as you can, without putting your income in jeopardy. That’s one of the best things about being part of a franchise network – you’re offered unlimited support, which is so important if, like me, you haven’t owned a business before. Sometimes I don’t know what I would do without them.”

With his wife, Gabrielle about to embark on a university degree and the young couple saving for their first family home, James is clear about his hopes for the business and what motivates him to succeed!

“I’m determined to build a really profitable business – my aim is to hit sales of £8k per week, I actually don’t think I’m far off that already. I just love making the sales, it’s really rewarding. And knowing you’re supplying a fantastic product that’s going to make all the difference to the guys out in the field is the icing on the cake. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I think one of the best things about owning a franchise with Snap-on is where you can take the business – for the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds. It certainly looks bright from where I’m standing.”  

If James’ story has inspired you to make a positive change for your future, call Snap-on’s dedicated Recruitment Manger on 01536 413986 or visit www.snaponfranchise.co.uk to find out more about the franchise opportunity.

I wish I’d done it 10 years sooner!

46-year-old Kenny Ferguson launched his Snap-on franchise, in Mallusk, Northern Ireland, in June 2014. Four years on, the former mechanic has recently expanded the business, taking on an assistant, a second franchise and a territory covering most of the north coast of Ireland. With his sights set on another expansion before the end of the year, this busy dad has only one regret. 

“I wish I’d joined Snap-on 10 years sooner! That’s the one piece of advice I would give to anyone considering joining Snap-on – just got for it. Snap-on isn’t just about the earning potential, or the chance to be part of something big, it’s about the camaraderie with your customers and meeting new people. Although you’ve got your daily routine and regular routes, each day is different. I’m certainly kept on my toes and, for the first time in my career, I’m not stuck in the same old cycle of going to work, putting in the hours and coming home, just to do it all over again the next day. I can hand on heart say I haven’t had that feeling once since I joined Snap-on.” 

Kenny’s career hasn’t always been so fulfilling. During school all he ever wanted to do was work with cars and, aged 16, Kenny started an apprenticeship in motor mechanics and automotive engineering. Having realised his dream – or so he thought! – Kenny embarked on a quarter of a century-long career in mechanics. 

“I spent two decades with the same private haulage firm, as a mechanic and part time driver. Whilst I enjoyed the work and the odd driving job, I never really worked my way up the career ladder. It was hardly the dream job I’d imagined for myself! I earnt a relatively good wage – enough to support a young daughter – but I would work 18-20 hours a day, 6 days a week. I was spending so much time away from home, that it was no life really, which became clearer as I got older. It was when I was almost at breaking point that I was introduced to Snap-on as a franchising opportunity.” 

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. We are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees deliver gold-standard, premium products to technicians up and down the country. Our fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists.

It was Kenny’s brother, Alan, who set the wheels in motion. After a year as a Snap-on franchisee himself, Alan quizzed Kenny on whether he had ever considered being a Snap-on man. 

“In all honesty, I hadn’t. But I couldn’t tell you why! It all made sense – I had a background in the automotive trade, so I knew and trusted the brand. In fact, I’d only ever bought my tools from Snap-on! I’d always been good with people and I was intrigued by taking on a new challenge and hopefully finally finding that dream career I’d spent close to 30 years waiting for. 

“I gave the guys at Snap-on a call and they said they thought I’d be a great addition to the network. Before I knew it, they’d found a vacant territory close to home. Using some savings I already had, topped up with a personal loan from Snap-on, I had funding I needed to launch the business. I signed on the dotted line and within a few weeks was on my way to Dallas for franchisee training.” 

Snap-on are one of the only franchisors in the UK able to help our franchisees to fund the purchase of the business. We do this through our in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. This fully-regulated finance house eliminates the need for the high street banks and, after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

Training starts with a trip to our UK head office in Kettering. New franchisees meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store as they are welcomed into the Snap-on family! Afterwards, new recruits jet off for 10 days of classroom-style training in Dallas in the US. Once back home, training continues with five full weeks of on-van support in your exclusive territory. Your Franchise Developer will continue to teach you the day-to-day fundamentals of running the business. You will then be assigned a Sales Developer who will spend a 18 days with you over the next five months, and then, provide ongoing support for life!

After returning from training, it wasn’t long before Kenny was out on the road and meeting his first customers – in fact, it was only two days! 

“The training was so intense, but we were taught everything you could possibly need to know, especially for those first few weeks, so I felt more than prepared for the challenge. I use the word ‘challenge’ for a reason – those first eight or nine weeks were hard, but so worth it. It’s not hard to see why the guys who join stay in the business for 10, 20, 30 years – Snap-on is a way of life.” 

For almost four years, Kenny ran his territory with the help of his devoted partner, Cathryne. Now keen to grow the business, Kenny has expanded into a second territory and employed a full time assistant to run the second van.

“In the Spring, I took on my assistant, Michelle, who manages my new territory further north, in Limavady and Ballymena. It means there’s more work to do but I have both Cathryne and Michelle to lend support. Now that I’ve been with Snap-on a few years, I plan to continue with this rate of growth and take on another territory, all being well. That’s what’s so good about being a franchisee – you can take the business as far as you want it to go.” 

It wasn’t long before Kenny’s success began to make an impression on his loved ones. After years of missing out on that all-important quality time with his daughter, Kenny could finally commit his evenings and weekends to her and his family – only to then go on and talk to them about franchising with Snap-on too! 

“I was so grateful to Snap-on for finally giving me the time back to spend with my daughter and, ironically, I spent it chatting with her and her boyfriend about franchising! Andrew was so intrigued by the idea that he looked into it and, late last year, bought into his very own Snap-on franchise. 

“It’s wonderful to see him follow in my footsteps and it makes me very proud. It’s not difficult to see why he wanted a slice of the action for himself. There’s so much success to be had with Snap-on and I think it’s great that he’s starting so young. He stands a real chance of building a profitable and scalable business, which should support him and my daughter for the long term. One thing’s for sure – he’s got a head start on me!” 

Fancy a second chance at your dream career? If you’re looking for an opportunity to achieve your personal goals and spend more time with your loved ones, text FRANCHISE to 07786 201 770 or visit www.snaponfranchise.co.uk to find out more about the Snap-on franchise opportunity.

Snap-on is a badge of honour

Paul Bevington is proud to call himself a Snap-on franchisee. He’s worked in sales and had an automotive garage of his own but says it felt as though he’d found his true calling when he launched his Northumberland-based franchise in 2016. Combining his passion for impeccable customer service and his experience of the tool trade, Paul’s franchise is going from strength to strength. 

The proof is in the pudding. Just three years in, Paul has three achievements to his name. In 2016, he was named North East Rookie of the Year, in 2017, he ranked third in the UK for sale, finishing 25th in the world. And, just last year, he was again ranked in the top 40 worldwide. But success hasn’t got the better of the proud husband and stepfather. 

“I love being a Snap-on man. It suits me down to the ground because it combines all of the separate skills I’ve picked up over my 35 year career. I’ll never take it for granted that I’ve had the opportunity to join the most well-known tool brand in the world. I’m able to build a comfortable living for me and my wife, Diane, and finally have the time to enjoy life too. It’s wonderful to have a second chance at my dream career.”   

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists.

Paul’s work experience began long before he’d even left school. He worked for the family business, helping out his mum and dad at their scrapyard in the midlands. Whilst his friends were socialising and studying, Paul was getting a head-start, by learning what it meant to work hard for a good wage. 

“It gave me a real taste for the working world. I’m a chatty guy, with a strong work ethic, so my parents putting me to work never really felt like a chore. Working in the scrapyard also sparked a love of mechanics – and Snap-on Tools! – that led me to working in a garage until my early twenties. It was around that time that I splurged on my first ever Snap-on tool. I’ll always remember that day. Little was I to know that, one day, I’d been driving around selling to young mechanics who have saved for their first Snap-on tool!” 

The next decade saw Paul navigate his way through the intense world of consumer product sales – selling everything from Autoglym polish, to Granada televisions and, for a short while, mobile phones. But the inconsistent results began to take their toll and Paul found himself reminiscing about his time in the garage. 

“I took a leap of faith, you could say, by opening my own automotive garage in Bromsgrove. I was back on familiar ground, dealing with engines, car parts and a packed-out schedule again, but it felt like I’d come home. Being self-employed came with some real perks and, as a self-labelled workaholic, I was reaping the rewards. I decided then and there that I would always strive to work for myself, rather than answering to someone else. I decided to sell the business and really go back to my roots, opening my own breakers yard, which I ran for over a decade. But, in December 2015, I met my lovely wife, Diane, and moved 250 miles to be with her and her daughters in Northumberland. After over 30 years of non-stop working, it did me good to stop and put my happiness first for a change.” 

With a new family unit to support Paul busied himself searching for his next career opportunity. Recalling a conversation he’d had with a Snap-on franchisee, he thought to himself now might be the time to give the opportunity some serious thought. 

“In all honesty, I don’t know why I hadn’t considered a franchise before. I’m motivated, more than familiar with the brand and had seen other franchisees doing really well for themselves. The benefit of the support from the franchisor really appealed to me too. Ever the businessman, I did my due-diligence and researched the business model in detail but, if anything, it reaffirmed my beliefs that I’d be buying into a second chance at my dream career. I met with the franchise team for my initial interview and was completely blown away by their knowledge and professionalism. I was sold! After funding the initial costs through Snap-on finance, I was on my way to the US for my training.”

Snap-on are one of the only franchisors in the UK able to help our franchisees to fund the purchase of the business. We do this through our in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. This fully regulated finance house eliminates the need for the High Street banks and after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

Training starts with ten days of classroom-style training in the US. Afterwards, franchisees visit Snap-on’s UK head office in Kettering to meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store! Once out on the road, one-to-one training continues with a dedicated Franchise Developer who rides with franchisees for their first five weeks. As part of a six-month intensive onboarding process, new franchisees receive a further 31 days of on-van support from a Sales Developer and Business Manager over the following five months. That’s 51 contact days in the first six months!

“I think one of the best things about the training and initial contact period is just how well it sets you up for the life of the franchise. I might only be a few years in, but I refer back to those initial training sessions regularly. As a former business owner, without any backing, I like to use the resources available to me as much as possible. I’m always checking back through my notes, sounding off ideas with the other guys in the network and I never miss a regional meeting. That’s the advice I would give to any of the newer guys – don’t be afraid to ask for help. That level of support is crucial in your first few months and out on the road. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

Now three years in, Paul likes to start his day early, with a cup of coffee and a quick check through the van, before setting off on his day with his beloved dog, Amber, in tow.

“It’s a full-on day, from start to finish, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. If someone were to ask me if I’d do this all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat. I’m very proud of the success I’ve experienced with Snap-on but, for me, it’s more about the positive change in my lifestyle. I live life by my own watch, have more time to spend with family – I see my sisters down in Bromsgrove more now than I did when I lived in the area! – and have a great career to see me through to retirement. What more could I want?”

No longer just a number

Paul Macisaac, 38, started his career with Snap-on back in January 2012, operating a mobile store for another franchisee. But it wasn’t long before he wanted a cut of the action for himself! Just two years later, he invested in a franchise in his own right. Since then, he’s doubled the size of his business and taken on an assistant, just to keep up with customer demand. Above all else, the dad of two has finally realised the earning potential and career satisfaction he’s always dreamt of. 

“When I took over the franchise in Bury St Edmunds in 2014, I felt as though I was finally on the right career path. In comparison to the other jobs I’d done in the 15 years since leaving college, I was finally going to reap the rewards for the hard work I was putting in. It was a bit of a lightbulb moment if I’m honest – I’d always felt like a bit of a cog in a wheel. The results I’ve experienced since investing in my franchise have proven that I was born to be my own boss. I’m no longer just a number and I’m absolutely loving it.” 

Like so many young school-leavers, Paul’s first experience of further education left a lot to be desired: “When I first went to college, I started an IT course, but it just wasn’t for me. I quit a few weeks in and finished the rest of the academic year doing temporary work, just to tide me over. But that wasn’t the life I’d dreamt of for myself, so I went back to the same college the next year and did a National Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering. That was much more my scene! I passed that with flying colours and got a job in after sales and distribution at a Vauxhall dealership. I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree as my dad had worked in the motor industry his whole life, so I liked that I was following in his footsteps. 

“After a few years, I left Vauxhall to pursue a career in motor industry sales, which I did for five years, all in all. Don’t get me wrong, I learnt a lot in that time about administration, time management and meeting targets, but my heart really wasn’t in it. I never responded well to the constant pressure to perform, without the proper rewards. I felt that I was going to work hard, then I deserved to be suitably compensated.”

As it happened, a close friend knew of exactly the right career opportunity for the determined young professional – something that would undoubtedly be a challenge but would bring the rewards Paul was so worthy of. 

“Those closest to me have always known me as a hard worker – I’m someone that really does put 100% into everything. I’d always been aware of Snap-on, but it was actually one of my old managers, who I’d come to think of as a close friend over the years, who encouraged me to look into career opportunities with them. I researched the brand and realised it made perfect sense. My sales background and knowledge of the automotive industry would prove valuable and I’d be joining one of the most well-known brands in the world.” 

Snap-on is the world’s number one professional tool brand. They are the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for the professional technician. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians up and down the country. Their fantastic business opportunity offers you the chance to be your own boss whilst being supported by an elite team of industry specialists.

Initially, Paul took on an employed role, operating a Snap-on mobile store for a Suffolk based Snap-on franchisee, Will Hurt. Will took Paul under his wing, explaining all that the franchise had to offer. Within weeks, Paul made the decision to aim for a franchise of his own and worked hard to save enough liquid capital to fund part of his initial investment. Recognising his potential, the Snap-on team were keen for Paul to join the 400 strong UK network, in his own right. Two years later, in 2014 he officially bought the territory he’d spent the last 24 months working in - Bury St Edmunds.

Now, as a fully-fledged franchisee, Paul would travel 4,500 miles to Dallas in the US for his franchisee training, which starts with ten days of classroom-style training. Afterwards, franchisees visit Snap-on’s UK head office in Kettering to meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store! Once out on the road, one-to-one training continues with a dedicated Franchise Developer who rides with franchisees for their first five weeks. As part of a six-month intensive onboarding process, new franchisees receive a further 31 days of on-van support from a Sales Developer and Business Manager over the following five months. That’s 51 contact days in the first six months!

Paul supplemented the savings he had worked hard to gather with an additional loan from Snap-on. Snap-on are one of the only franchisors in the UK able to help their franchisees to fund the purchase of the business. They do this through their in-house bank, Snap-on Finance. This fully regulated, government approved finance house eliminates the need for the High Street banks. And, after all, who better to invest in your franchise with you than your franchisor?

“Before long, I was reaping the rewards of being my own boss. In my previous roles, I felt as though I was constantly treading water and working frantically just to keep my family afloat. Within 10 months of taking on the franchise, I’d paid back my loan and not long after that, put a deposit down on a dream family home. Plus, I finally had that sense of career satisfaction that I’d always strived for. I couldn’t quite believe the transformation my life had gone through.” 

Since the purchase of his first Snap-on franchise, Paul has doubled the size of his empire – and his family too! 

“My wife, Helen, and I started our family in 2013, just 12 months before I launched my franchise. Alfie is nearly seven now, and big brother to Jack, who was born in February. Having two little ones makes me even more determined to work hard and earn enough to maintain the lovely life we’ve built as a family. My first van was so successful that I invested in a second in January 2019, run by my assistant Daryl, to keep up with demand. We’re both so busy, which is never bad news, but it’s like I’ve created a monster that I need to keep feeding! I’ve even been able to bring Helen on-board officially, as company secretary. I’m proud to have built such a profitable empire and pension plan for my future. 

“Right now, who can say what the future will hold, but I could never see myself leaving the Snap-on network. Who knows, Alfie and Jack might be waiting in the wings to take over their old man’s business one day but, for now, I’m just happy with the life I’ve created for my boys, and it’s all thanks to Snap-on.”

Snap-on mode: activated!

40-year-old Steve Handrick, from Chippenham, is a Snap-on man with a plan. With a decade as a franchisee with the world’s leading tool brand already under his belt, his dream is to build an empire for himself and his new wife to enjoy, well into their retirement. With the wheels already in motion, Steve won’t settle until his plan becomes a reality – and he owes much of his success to his unwavering belief in the brand.  

“It’s like I wake up in the morning and just go into Snap-on mode! Whether I’m thinking about what orders I have for that day, what route I’m on for the morning, or plans for the following week, I very rarely wake up in the morning without thinking about the day ahead. I think that’s a great indication of how much I love what I do and my passion for Snap-on – it’s a way of life. I’m looking forward to spending the next however many years growing my business and it all started over ten years ago. I don’t know where the time has gone!” 

Time hasn’t always passed so quickly for the former engineer. He started an apprenticeship with BMW, at their UK Manufacturing Plant, and spent another 14 years with the global brand. But, in 2006, a debilitating motorbike accident left Steve housebound, with little to occupy his days as his shattered ankle healed.

“Due to the nature of my work, I couldn’t step foot – literally! – on site until my injuries had fully healed, meaning I was off work for close to nine months. Do you know what you do, when you’re stuck at home, with limited mobility and a whole lot of time on your hands? You start to think about what you’re doing with your life, and what your priorities are. It was then that I realised – I wanted to be my own boss.”

With this newly found desire to build a better future for himself, Steve began looking around for business opportunities. It was then that his thoughts turned to Snap-on. Despite his background in the motor industry, Steve had surprisingly little experience with the brand, but knew a fair bit about the franchise opportunity. After speaking with the head office team, who explained the opportunity in its entirety, Steve was sure that Snap-on was right for him.

“I’d obviously heard of Snap-on – who hasn’t? A friend of mine worked in the support team, and a neighbour had made a real success of his own Snap-on franchise so, perhaps unlike most, I felt I knew more about the franchise than the tools themselves! 

“I bought my franchise in January 2008 and I just couldn’t wait to get out on the road – I wanted in on the action! I’d spent a year getting to grips with the brand, the product, and the way Snap-on do things, and I felt confident in my ability to succeed. I went along for my franchisee training, which was the assurance that I needed that I was ready to go for it. The training was incredible – you honestly couldn’t fault it. I’ll never forget how much fun I had – it was hard work, but I really enjoyed it.” 

Training starts with a trip to our UK head office in Kettering. New franchisees meet the staff who will support them on a daily basis and collect their very own custom-built mobile store as they are welcomed into the Snap-on family! Afterwards, new recruits jet off for 10 days of classroom-style training in Dallas in the US. Once back home, training continues with five full weeks of on-van support in your exclusive territory. Your Franchise Developer will continue to teach you the day-to-day fundamentals of running the business. You will then be assigned a Sales Developer who will spend 18 days with you over the next five months, and then, provide ongoing support for life!

Steve says his first year on the road is still his proudest, even ten years down the line. Having ranked in the top 40 biggest earners in those initial months, he was awarded and recognised by his peers at his very first Snap-on conference. 

“I worked my socks off from the outset, so being congratulated by established franchisees was a real high point for me. It gave me determination to continue and capitalise on my initial success. Over the years, I’ve dealt with some real peaks and troughs with the business, but I do everything with my customers in mind and constantly keep an eye on the bottom line.”

Ten years on, Steve’s success is unquestionable. Having recently married the love of his life, Suzanne, he is a proud husband, a keen traveller, a property owner – the couple own three houses between them, including their five-bedroom home in Chippenham – and the owner of two “crazy” springer spaniels, Lily and Daisy. 

Professionally speaking, Steve’s master plan is well underway. With his second mobile store now on the road, Steve’s assistant, Scott, supports him in serving the many customers of Devizes, in Wiltshire. Steve’s sights are now set on retirement – but not in the way you might think! 

“I know a lot of people go into franchising with early retirement in mind but I’m going to keep going until I fall out of love with what I do – who knows when I’ll retire! One thing’s for sure, though, I’ll stop the second that I feel I can take a step back. My long-term plan is to build an empire of four of five territories, which I’ll manage remotely. It’s a win-win scenario – still doing what I love, but around a schedule that suits me. 

“That’s, by far, the best thing about being a Snap-on franchisee – the flexibility it allows. Had I still been working for BMW, I’d probably still be on the same wage, doing the same job, with the same team. Snap-on isn’t a 9-5 – I can sometimes work twelve-hour days – but you can customise your work patterns to fit around your life, and there’s never a dull moment! Snap-on isn’t for everyone, but it works for me – I’m a Snap-on man through and through.” 

Before discovering Snap-on, Steve found himself growing exceedingly frustrated and limited in his career. Sound familiar? Text FRANCHISE to 07786 201 770 or visit www.snaponfranchise.co.uk to find out more about the Snap-on franchise opportunity.

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